43 - Fed Up and Fighting Food Injustice with John Lewis
Release Date: 10/09/2019
Chances are, you probably know a diabetic—you could be diabetic yourself. Between prediabetes, Type 1, 1.5, 2, and gestational diabetes, this disease has unfortunately become a common one. But for many, it doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Robby Barbaro and Cyrus Khambatta are the founders of the Mastering Diabetes Program—a concept that relies heavily on plant-based food to better manage Type 1 and prevent and reverse all other forms of diabetes. Both Type 1 diabetics, they reveal their personal stories and their knowledge in Episode 9, and they are returning to share...info_outline 61 - Baskin Robbins Heir to Vegan Rebel with John Robbins
Ask anyone who has been plant-based for more than twenty years, and they all point back to this seminal work by John Robbins—Diet for a New America. But this is not John’s singular claim to fame. He grew up as the sole heir to the Baskin-Robbins fortune, but as he was groomed to take over the family business, he became increasingly unsettled by the fact that the company wasn’t selling happiness—in his words, it was selling lies. Unable to promote a product that endangered the animals, the planet, and one’s health, John walked away from the fortune, adopted a plant-based...info_outline 60 - A Skeptic Transforms: From Carnivore Diet to Plant Based
Eric Lindstrom once ate 68 chicken wings in one sitting. Today, he works full-time in animal advocacy and has written two books on veganism. What changed? The self-proclaimed carnivore adopted a plant-based diet over a bet with his wife. While he admittedly grumbled the whole time, what was intended to be a 30-day health kick turned into a lifelong passion. Once Eric discovered that he didn’t have to give up his favorite meaty, cheesy foods, he stopped grumbling and embraced the plant-based way of life. With his relatable personality and relaxed humor, Eric...info_outline FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Chef AJ Shares How She Lost 50 Lbs and Food Addiction
Not many people can say they’ve played the flute for Johnny Carson on , worked as an executive pastry chef, and been vegan for more than 40 years. Chef AJ, a culinary instructor, YouTube host, and author of and , can say all of that and more. Although she has a background in comedy and a long track record of ethical eating, there’s nothing funny about . Even as a vegan, Chef AJ struggled with overeating sugar and under-eating vegetables. She joins us in this episode to share how she turned to whole foods, lost 50 pounds, managed her addiction to sugar, and...info_outline 59 - James Marin: Bettering Your Health with Environmental Nutrition
Although food has incredible healing power, there is more you should be doing to take care of your body holistically. Beyond helping his patients transition to a whole-foods, plant-based diet to fight disease and , is an expert at bettering health from all angles, including by eliminating environmental toxins. James is a Registered Dietitian and Environmental Nutritionist who, along with his wife Dahlia, specializes in preventing and healing diabetes, auto-immune diets, gastrointestinal treatments, and pediatric nutrition. He says that there are...info_outline 58 - Listening to Your Gut With Jason Wrobel
In the past several decades, talking about veganism has often been met with discomfort, assumptions, and suspicion. Or, like in the case of today’s guest, it was met with jokes that you might be in a cult. The world is continuing to progress and plant-based diets are becoming more and more popular, but there still isn’t enough focus on the big picture of health. In this episode, Dotsie and Alexandra are joined by , an , chef, and who focuses on holistic mental health and emotional wellness. Dotsie got to know Jason at the , a weekend of education and...info_outline 57 - Save Your Life With A Vegan Diet With Dr. Joel Kahn
is the global leading cause of death and was responsible for more than 15 million fatalities in 2016. What would you do to prevent yourself and your loved ones from becoming part of that statistic? Today’s guest, , says it’s as simple as plant-based nutrition. Dr. Kahn is one of the world’s top cardiologists, a restaurateur, and is known as America’s healthy heart doc. He’s committed to making the world healthier through the preventative and healing power of plants. He joins Dotsie and Alexandra to discuss the different factors that can lead to...info_outline 56 - The Future of the Stock Market with Claire Smith
Investing your money can be a scary and confusing process. Where should you invest? What type of investments should you make? How can you be sure that your investments don’t contribute to unethical practices? , or ETFs, are growing in popularity due to their ease of trading while maintaining diversification benefits. And more ETFs are starting to focus on social good along with financial returns. A new ETF, , aspires to tackle the concerns of vegans, animal rights activists, and environmentalists by steering clear of investing in companies that participate in...info_outline 55 - From On the Ice to Behind the Mic with Georges Laraque
Ice hockey is often stereotyped as a white man’s sport. In fact, claims that the National Hockey League is made up of only 3% non-white players. But today’s guest helped pave the way to increase that percentage and get more men of color on the ice. is a retired professional hockey player, Canadian sports commentator, , and animal rights activist. In his 13 years in the NHL, Georges played , including 57 in the playoffs and two fighting for the Stanley Cup. Since making the switch in 2009, Georges has steadily contributed to the vegetarian and environmental...info_outline FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Dr. Neal Barnard On Disease, Diets, and Preventative Medicine
How would our health outcomes change if we were proactive in treating illness and disease? Is changing your diet an effective way to reverse chronic conditions? Dr. Neal Barnard is a physician, clinical researcher, and advocate for preventative medicine. As the founder of the and of more than twenty books, Dr. Barnard is a leading voice in the plant-based movement. When he isn’t lobbying for more sustainable practices in medicine, or being featured in popular documentaries like Supersize Me and , you might find him performing music with . In this episode,...info_outline
Fighting for justice on our plates goes beyond fighting for the rights of animals.
Between the implications of the USDA dietary guidelines for people of color, the disparity in food access and education, and gentrification pushing low-income neighborhoods deeper into food deserts, we have to confront the food injustice faced by our human neighbors too.
John Lewis, also known as the Badass Vegan, didn’t see a mango or fresh avocado until he moved from Furguson, Missouri to Miami to pursue his MBA. After his mother was diagnosed with cancer, he threw himself into research that revealed a troubling connection between animal protein and the illness.
While he’s joined his love for health and fitness with his business savvy to create VeganSmart, a plant-based protein shake company, he’s also digging into the darker side of food.
He joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to explore how communities are being left behind in the fight for health and wellness.
You’ll hear how certain populations are being underserved and overlooked when it comes to autonomy over their health -- and what you can do to help.
What we discuss in this episode:
- Dotsie’s trip to Washington, D.C., where she spoke to encourage the USDA to remove dairy from the food pyramid
- Are we confusing what’s normal with what’s right? How John’s perspective of food evolved between his move to Miami and meeting with the doctor who encouraged him to try vegetarianism
- The diagnosis that rocked John’s world and challenged him to research lifestyle versus genetic diseases
- John’s journey ditching dairy for good and how he’s encouraging others to make the switch
- The impetus for creating Hungry for Justice, the documentary exploring food deserts, racism, and injustice through the lens of hip-hop and urban culture
- Category Killers: How chain store giants are proliferating the effects of food injustice
- Understanding the intersection between race and food, and why it’s so important for more privileged voices to speak up against food injustice
Connect with Switch4Good
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood
- Website: switch4good.org